Committees

The strength of ABFAS’ credentialing process lies in the volunteers who staff our committees.  Because of the contributions of our volunteers’ expertise, skills, and time, ABFAS is able to produce 15 examinations each year and keep members informed about our activities.

If you are interested in serving on an ABFAS committee, ABFAS actively recruits new committee members every three years through its “Call for Volunteers”. ABFAS will reach out to all ABFAS certified podiatrists and inform them of the opening dates and requirements.

 

Communications Committee

Purpose: Provide strategic guidance for ABFAS marketing and communication efforts.

Members: 
John N. Evans, DPM, Chair, MI
Michelle L. Butterworth, DPM, SC*
Randall L. Dei, DPM, WI
Tyson Green, DPM, LA
Michael J. King, DPM, GA
Amber M. Shane, DPM, FL

 

Exam Oversight Committee

Purpose: Oversees the direction of ABFAS exams. Acts as an advisory group to the Board Psychometrician and a sounding board to the Board of Directors.

Members: 
Keith L. Jacobson, DPM, Examinations Chair, CO
William R. Adams, DPM, Immediate Past President, KY*
Mindy L.B. Benton, DPM, Case Review Committee Chair, MN
Danny J. Choung, DPM, Past President, CA
Jeffery L. Giesking, DPM, President-elect, CBPS Chair, WI*
Charles M. Lombardi, DPM, Past President, NY
Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM, Continuous Certification Chair, WA
Alan Ng, DPM, Past President, CO
Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM, President, FL*
Richard S. Schachter, DPM, CEC Chair, NJ
Steven M. Spinner, DPM, Past President, FL

 

Examinations Committee

Purpose: Develop examinations, scoring criteria, and pass/fail standards for ABFAS examinations. 

Keith L. Jacobson, DPM, Examinations Chair, CO*

The Examinations Committee has the following subcommittees:

CBPS Audit Committee

Purpose: An independent committee that reviews CBPS cases prior and post field testing.

Members:
Dustin Kruse, DPM, CO
Christopher J. Lamy, DPM, WA
Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, OR
Aksone Nouvong, DPM, CA
Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM, FL*
Jesse P. Parks, DPM, CT

Continuous Certification Committee

Purpose: Develop a new approach to the ABFAS recertification process.

Members: 
Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM, Chair, WA
Jamie Bakal, DPM, CA
Danny J. Choung, DPM, CA
J. Randolph Clements, DPM, VA
Mindi Dayton, DPM, IA
Annette Filiatrault, DPM, GA
Meagan Jennings, DPM, CA
Alan Ng, DPM, CO
Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM, FL*
Ronald Ray, DPM, MT
Joseph R. Treadwell, DPM, CT

Didactic Examinations Committee

Purpose: Create written questions for the item banks for all ABFAS written (didactic) examinations. The committee writes and reviews new items, and regularly reviews the existing item banks for currency and quality for all of the multiple-choice items. 

Members: 
Joseph Alencherry, DPM, Chair, NY
Said Atway, DPM, OH
Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, MA
Katherine Dux, DPM, IL
Michael Gentile, DPM, WV
Dustin Kruse, DPM, CO
Christopher J. Lamy, DPM, WA
Charles M. Lombardi, DPM, NY
Timothy Mineo, DPM, OR
Jesse Parks, DPM, CT
Roland S. Ramdass, DPM, VA
Diana E. Rogers, DPM, IL
Harry P. Schneider, DPM, MA
Stephen H. Silvani, DPM, CA
Chad F. Simmons, DPM, CO
Vito Speciale, DPM, SC
Steven M. Spinner, DPM, FL
Alyssa Stephenson, DPM, AZ
Gregory E. Webb, DPM, WA

Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) Committee

Purpose: Create CBPS content for the in-training, Part I and Part II certification exams in Foot and RRA. 

Members: 
Jeffery L. Giesking, DPM, Chair, WI*
William R. Adams, DPM, KY*
Nicole A. Bauerly, DPM, MN*
Michael D. Dujela, DPM, WA*
Eric  D. Evans, DPM, OR
Alberto Herrada, DPM, FL
Brett D. Sachs, DPM, CO
Katie M. Swanstrom, DPM, WA*
Michael D. VanPelt, DPM, TX
Matthew E. Williams, DPM, WA

Miscategorization and Enemy Check Work Group

Purpose: Ensures that the exam items are categorized correctly and in accordance with the exam contents requirements, and that all items and keys have enemy checks.

Members: 
Stephen H. Silvani, DPM, Chair, CA
Revonda L. Jessup, DPM, NC
Jane Pontious, DPM, NJ
Kathleen M. Pyatak-Hugar, DPM, NY
Joshua D. Rhodenizer, DPM, MI

Case Review Committee

Purpose: Ensure that the case review system templates are relevant; review results of case reviewers’ evaluations of the process; and continuously make improvements to the case review process. 

Members: 
Mindy L.B. Benton, DPM, Chair, MN
Gina AmicaTerra, DPM, NY
Charles T. Arena, DPM, CT
John T. Marcoux, DPM, MA*
Roya Mirmiran, DPM, CA
Martin Pressman, DPM, CT
Cassandra Tomczak, DPM, OR

 

 

Nominating Committee

Purpose: Propose to the membership the names of candidates for elections.

Members: 
William R. Adams, DPM, Chair, Immediate Past President, CO*
Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM, WA
Aksone Nouvong, DPM, CA

 

Exam Prep Task Force

Purpose: Focuses on the development of a new approach to providing board preparation materials to ABFAS in-training, qualifying, certifying, and recertifying candidates.

Members: 
Aksone Nouvong, DPM, Chair, CA
Michelle L. Butterworth, DPM, SC* 
Shine John, DPM, TX
Andrew Meyr, DPM, PA
Ellianne Nasser, DPM, PA
Camille Ryans, DPM, NC
Eric G. Walter, DPM, NY

 

Appointed Representatives

Collaborative Residency Evaluator Committee:  
Randall Dei, DPM
Katherine Kreiter, CEO/Executive Director
Charles Lombardi, DPM

Council on Podiatric Medical Education: 
Charles Lombardi, DPM

Council on Teaching Hospitals:
Roland S. Ramdass, DPM*

Podiatry Residency Resource:
Randall Dei, DPM
Ellianne Nasser, DPM
Michael Vaardahl, DPM

Residency Review Committee: 
Larry Menacker, DPM
Aksone Nouvong, DPM

 

* indicates ABFAS Board Member